NEW: Susan Collins Ranked 5th Most Vulnerable Senator in the Country
Follows trend of waning support and low polling
In another sign that Senator Susan Collins faces the toughest election of her career, the Maine Senate race was just ranked by National Journal as the 5th most likely to flip in the entire country. The assessment reflects how Senator Collins’ record of trying to repeal health care and protections for pre-existing conditions, voting for the tax bill that benefitted corporations over Mainers, and putting the special interests ahead of Mainers is impacting her support. And despite all of this, Collins decided to raise more than 99 percent of her campaign contributions from sources outside of Maine. This comes at a time when Collins faces some of the lowest polling numbers of her career.
Recent polling found that Collins’ net approval has fallen “by 27 points over the last two years." Since 2017, Collins’ favorables have been on a consistent downward trend, and now her unfavorables have risen to a new high of 39 percent. Below are just a few more examples of Collins’ waning support:
- HEADLINE: “Susan Collins has a 2020 problem”
- HEADLINE: “FiveThirtyEight: Collins’ seat is one of the most vulnerable in 2020”
- HEADLINE: “‘The Maine electorate has had it with her’: Constituents turn on Susan Collins”
Maine Democratic Party Chair Kathleen Mara issued the following statement:
“After nearly two decades in Washington, Senator Collins is going along with special interests and her party in Washington instead of sticking up for Mainers – and it is costing her support with voters. Her record of trying to repeal health care and protections for pre-existing conditions, supporting a tax bill that punished Mainers while benefiting corporations, and confirming anti-choice judges who could overturn Roe v. Wade is both out-of-touch with the state and a break from the kind of leadership she promised to provide. We are ready to hold her accountable in 2020."